Josiah STANBOROUGH (Yeoman)

Father: William STANBOROWE

Family 1: Frances GRANSDEN
  1. Peregrine STANBOROUGH
Family 2: Alice WHEELER

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"This is one of the oldest English families on Long Island, or even in the state of New York, as Josiah Stanborough (the original form of the family name), the ancestor, was one of the original "undertakers," or promoters, and settlers of the town settled in the state. He came from Stanstead, Kent, England. His rank and position are known as "Mr." and "Gentleman," at a time when only a very few had any claim to those titles. With the rest of the original settlers he came to Lynn, Massachusetts, and while there made an agreement to purchase land and found a new colony on Long Island. They sailed from Lynn and landed on Long Island at a place called North Sea, in the town of Southampton, June 12, 1640. Like all the rest, he had his home lot on the main street of Southampton, but about 1656 he purchased several lots of land at a place called Sagaponack, which is the southeast part of the town of Southampton, a region noted for the fertility of its soil, and lying next to the ocean. March 9, 1658, his house in that place is mentioned, and that was the first mentioned in what is now known as the flourishing village of Bridgehampton. Shortly after settling there his wife died. he then married Alce, widow of Thomas Wheeler, of New Haven, who brought with her two children, John and Mary Wheeler. The following is an abstract of the will of Josiah Stanborough, which is the first will recorded in Suffolk County:

"In the name of God, Amen. I Josiah Stanborough, being sick in body, but of perfect memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament this 6 of July, 1661. I commit my Soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried at Sagaponack by my former wife. I leave to my wife Alce, one-third of my land within fence, during her life, and then to my sone Peregrine Stanborough. "To my daughter Sarah, 12 head of cattle. To my daughter Mary, 10 head of cattle and 20 sheep. To my son Josiah all my land unfenced and 10 head of cattle and 20 sheep. To the poor of Southampton, L3. I make my son Peregrine, executor."

This will was proved September 3, 1661. Mary Stanborough married John Edwards, of East Hampton. Whether her sister Sarah married is not known.

(GENEALOGICAL AND FAMILY HISTORY OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, Compiled by William Richard Cutter, A.M., Vol. 1, New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912, p. 455.)

Josiah Stanbrough was an inhabitant of Lynn in 1637, in Southampton in 1644, as his name is on the whaling list of March 7 of that year, and was made a freeman in this town Sept. 7, 1647, having had the apparently customary trial of three years' residence before attaining the right to vote and hold office. In 1658 he had a residence in Sagg. The title of Mr. is attached to his name on the records.

(George Rogers Howell, M. A., THE EARLY HISTORY OF SOUTHAMPTON, L. I., NEW YORK, WITH GENEALOGIES, Southampton, NY, The Yankee Peddler Book Company, ND, pp. 389-390.)

15 September 1647, hired an agent, Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Bookseller, to manage property bequeathed to him by the Will of his father, William Stanborowe.

("Genealogical Research in England", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. LXIII, April, 1909, p. 166.)

"Josiah Stanborow sued by John Hand for slander, Feb. 18, 1657."

("The Barnes Family of Easthampton, Long Island", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XLI, p. 276.)

(Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, p. 700.)

Sold land in England to Capt. Bozone Allen (before 1652).

1639, contracts disposal of a ship, and constitution of a "plantation" in Long Island.

Listed among townsmen in Southampton, Long Island, 10 May 1649.

Ora E. Monette, PISCATAWAY AND WOODBRIDGE, OLDE EAST NEW JERSEY, Vol. 3, p. 1225. Says he was born c. 1600, d. c. 1659/60 at Sagg.

Hatfield, Rev. Edwin F., HISTORY OF ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY, New York, Carlton & Lanahan, 1868, p. 272. Was in Lynn, MA in 1637. Moved to Southampton, LI, NY, shortly after. He died in 1659. He was one of the original "undertakers" who founded Southampton.

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